Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 8

Footballguys Staff takes you through the Top 5 Passing Matchups for Week 8

Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 8

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Carolina vs Atlanta

The Panthers keep getting sound, sometimes dynamic quarterback play from Teddy Bridgewater, stabilizing one of football’s most intriguing young units. Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and the rest of the talented arsenal keep finding soft spots, using the whole field to make plays with Bridgewater’s mediocre arm. It’s been impressive to see new Matt Rhule and Joe Brady tailor things so well. Anderson has emerged as the leader of the pack, drawing a team-high 25% target share and producing 91 yards per game. Across the field, Moore has excelled with his up-and-down volume (10.7 yards per target) in his own right. This group showed well last week against Marshon Lattimore and the Saints, and they face a much more forgiving matchup this Thursday

The Falcons pass defense still serves as fantasy’s most consistently target-worthy matchup. Thus far in 2020, they’ve allowed all 7 opponents to top 300 yards easily, with 12 different receivers recording 80 yards or more. Those are stunning stats that have actually become commonplace for this unit. There’s simply not much coverage talent to speak of, with prized rookie A.J. Terrell anchoring arguably the league’s worst all-around secondary. Terrell continues to impress but is only one man, and the duo of Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver is simply overmatched against starting-caliber wideouts. The safeties provide little support down the field, leaving wide zones for playmakers like Justin Jefferson (166), and Kenny Golladay (114), and Robby Anderson himself (112 yards) to exploit. One need look no further back than last week when Golladay and the Lions connected on 8 of their 9 deep balls (15+ yards downfield) for 195 yards. Until this unit stops someone, anyone, it’s easily the most fun to target in all of fantasy.

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